Sergio Perez believes that there is pace in the Racing Point car despite an indifferent Friday practice.
Racing Point Formula 1 team are a Formula 1 constructor with Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll currently driving for them. The team, based in Silverstone, has gone through many changes over recent years. They’re currently owned by Lawrence Stroll, father of racing driver Lance Stroll after he took the team out of administration in the summer of 2018.
2019 is their first Formula 1 season under the name of Racing Point after switching from Racing Point Force India. Before administration, the team were known as Sahara Force India.
|Team Name||Racing Point|
|Team Leader||Otmar Szafnauer|
|Technical Leader||Andrew Green|
All change, all change.
The team was first known as Jordan, founded by Eddie Jordan in 1991. The likes of Michael Schumacher, Ralf Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, Eddie Irvine, Damon Hill and Martin Brundle amongst others competed in their famous bright yellow car.
After 250 Grands Prix, four race wins and 19 podiums, the team was brought by the Midland Group and was then known as Midland F1 racing. This name lasted for just one season, starting out at the 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix, and concluding proceedings at the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix. Spyker Cars then brought Midland F1 and then renamed the team to Spyker F1. A name which picked up just one Formula 1 championship point after 17 races.
The Force India era
The team then found some consistency when a consortium led by Indian businessman Vijay Mallya and Michiel Mol brought the team. Their first Formula 1 season, in 2008, was in the hands of Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella.
Force India had a quiet first year but found their feet in 2009 when Fisichella put the car on pole for the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix. He went on to finish second in the race, behind only Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari. Fisichella’s time came to an abrupt end as he was needed at Ferrari. The reserve driver at the time, Vitantonio Liuzzi, came in as the replacement. Force India finished 9th at the end of 2009 in the Formula 1 constructors championship.
Improvements being made
Following the turn of the decade, results improved and the team started to climb the ladder. Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi pulled together a combined 68 world championship points to lift the team into 7th place.
British driver Paul di Resta took over from Liuzzi for the 2011 and remained in the garage for the following three seasons, but went through a change of drivers. Sutil was absent for one season while Nico Hulkenberg took centre stage. Hulkenberg was left out in favour of Sutil in 2013, but the German made a return the following year, only to see Paul di Resta replaced by Sergio Perez in 2014.
By this time, Force India had firmly established themselves as a mid-table team before further updates and funding lifted them to 5th in 2015.
Nailing best of the rest
As Mercedes started their dominance at the top of the pile, the best of the rest position behind Ferrari and Red Bull seemed tastier for all involved. Perez and Hulkenberg went on to have a fantastic season in 2016 as they picked up enough points for a fourth-place finish in the constructors' championship.
Despite Nico Hulkenberg leaving the team the following winter, Mercedes junior driver Esteban Ocon moved in and the team managed to retain their position in the constructors' championship.
Racing Point: Tough times, bright future
But during the 2018 season, Force India hit turbulence. Despite being ‘the best of the rest’ on the grid, the team went under. During the Hungarian Grand Prix, long-standing driver Sergio Perez took his team into administration and legal action took place.
A consortium led by Lawerence Stroll dug the team out of trouble during the summer break. The team now have the funding to provide the car with updates as they move forward under their new name, Racing Point.
Racing Point News
Otmar Szafnauer claims Racing Point has "plenty more upgrades in the pipeline"
Boss Otmar Szafnauer says Racing Point has "plenty more upgrades in the pipeline" as they look to score points consistently. The midfield battle...
Racing Point have "plenty more upgrades" lined up in order to compete in midfield
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Lance Stroll's Canadian engine failure linked to spark plug
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Perez not fussed about split strategy used by Racing Point in Canada
Sergio Perez has insisted he is not bothered about Racing Point using two different strategies for each of its drivers, with the Mexican finishing...
Racing Point happy to be performing "like in the old days" in Canada
Racing Point team principal Otmar Szafnauer was happy with the way the team's home Grand Prix went, as he thinks it showed competitiveness like...
Lawrence Stroll "couldn't be happier" with son Lance's performance in Canada
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Lance Stroll "put all emotions on the table" in "balls out" Canada performance
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Stroll: "I'm going to remember this one for a while"
Lance Stroll says bouncing back at his home race after a difficult start to the 2019 season has been a great feeling for him.
Pérez happy for Stroll to score points despite his own pace being "quite poor"
Racing Point driver Sergio Pérez had a poor showing in Canada himself, finishing 12th at the team's home race, but the Mexican was happy...
Impressive Stroll delighted with home GP points after lowly starting position
Home favourite Lance Stroll was very pleased with his performance on Sunday to take P9 from a grid position of 17th in another terrific recovery drive.
Mercedes will not turn down engines despite Stroll fire
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that Mercedes will not turn their engines down for today’s Canadian Grand Prix after Lance Stroll’s...
Mercedes very concerned about engine problem that hit Stroll
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has revealed that his team have "lots of concerns" about the engine issue that caused Lance Stroll to have to return...
WATCH: Stroll's car catches fire after apparent hydraulic leak!
Lance Stroll's FP3 came to a fiery end after his Racing Point car caught fire in spectacular fashion. Watch as the Racing Point spits flames...
Racing Point have an "opportunity" at Canadian Grand Prix after recent results
Lance Stroll is preparing to race at his home Grand Prix of Canada for the first time in a Racing Point and he believes the race brings a welcome...
Stroll says Racing Point have "potential" despite poor points tally
Lance Stroll says that his season has been better than the points table suggests, with him only racking up four points in the first six races...
Perez confident despite poor run of form
Sergio Perez believes that Racing Point will have a more competitive weekend at the Canadian Grand Prix after a couple of barren weekends for the team.
Stroll can't wait for "special" support at his home race in Canada
It's been a very tough start to the season for Lance Stroll, but on Sunday, he will drive for his new team Racing Point at his home race in Canada...
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